April 17th, 2008
Kan Kilonbo Observer
Gwo Jan, Pernier, Petion-Ville Haiti
editorial by Tant Ka
[quote]Food riots, hungry people. Words that provoke scary images of people breaking into warehouses or stores to pillage food. But rather burning tire blockades and windows being broken so that voices would be heard asking for the price of food to come down, so they could buy it, not steal it, asking for jobs so they can earn it with their own sweat, not have it handed out to them. Hunger, is essentially the lack of buying power because of unemployment and frustration, and can only be endured for so long. Those whose ancestors braved the blood-thirsty whip of the sugar hungry world are 200 years after their world-shaking victory against that inhuman whip, looking for the respect and dignity they deserve.
Tuesday, April 8th, (day of the worst demonstrations) Gwo Jan's weekly cycle of cock-fighting went into action, the "gaguerre", a new cock-fighting arena built within the last year been built, interestingly located within the boundaries of the Gwo Jan cemetery and across from beautiful corn and bean fields. All the roosters came with their heads covered with socks, all stretching their necks out crowing away. It was a cock-fight. They usually don't fight to the death, but much like boxing, til one is knocked bloody and senseless.
Wednesday April 9th, a Bob Marley video is playing on National Television of Haiti while we wait for the president to give his message. "Everything is going to be alright, Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight"
Food riots, overthrowing the prime minister, foreign "aid", UN tanks and machine guns, US foreign policy, oil prices..............a cock-fight.
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